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told to evacuate because of the strong smell of gas. many were still grabbing their things when the blast hit. and another massive fire overnight. hundreds of firefighters from 12 departments in ohio are battling a blaze in 1 of the midwest's biggest greenhouses. they face the added challenges of strong winds and bitterly cold temperatures. green circle growers provides flowers and plants to national chains, including home depot and walmart. we'll keep on top of these stories throughout the morning. now, overseas, to south africa, and the murder case against olympian oscar pistorius. at a hearing this morning at this courthouse, an investigator has argued against bail for pistorius, calling him a flight risk. >> and a prosecutor has claimed there's a witness who claims she heard nonstop shouting from pistorius' house the morning of the shooting. with more on the case, here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: oscar pistorius arrived in court for the second day of his bail hearing. the paralympic champion is
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charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, model reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. today, prosecutors plan to outline why they believe pistorius murdered steenkamp. pistorius admitted shooting steenkamp, saying he thought she was an intruder. >> that puts you in a tough spot legally. i've got to believe that his best hope is for a lesser charge. rather than an all-out not guilty verdict. >> reporter: at yesterday's hearing, pistorius sobbed as his lawyers read his account of what happened. they were both sleeping, when he woke up and went to the balcony, when he heard a noise in the bathroom. in the pitch dark, he grabbed his gun. noticed an open window and thought an intruder was hiding in the toilet room. without wearing his prosthetics, he fired shots through the locked door. but steenkamp was in the toilet room, not an intruder. the lead prosecutor says she locked the door for a purpose.
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we'll get to that purpose. >> forensic experts who are looking at a number of things in this particular case. they will take trajectories to determine the height of the shooter. >> reporter: the prosecution believes they can show pistorius was wearing prosthetics, they can prove the shooting was not an accident. tahman bradley, abc news. >> thanks, tahman. more breaking news overnight from southern california, where hundreds of drivers have been stranded by a sudden snowstorm. the highway patrol and road crews are now helping cars exit the roadway between l.a. and bakersfield. a 60-mile stretch of highway had to be shut down. ironically, the road was especially crowded because of worries that a section of busy interstate 5 would be closed by bad weather. and that same system pummeled northern california, bringing snow and this rare tornado to that part of the state. cameras were rolling when this twister touched down in a rural area north of sacramento. also from california, the motive remains a mystery after a
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shooting rampage in orange county. police say it started when a college student, ali syed killed a woman at his home. they say syed killed two men while taking their cars, including one victim who was shot in the head execution-style, as commuters watched on in horror. as police closed in, the 20-year-old syed then shot himself. it looks like the u.s. is preparing to strike back amid allegations about those massive cyber attacks being blamed on china. the white house will reportedly lay out aggressive steps today to fight the cyber crimes. the report comes after a security firm identified the shanghai building as the headquarters for china's military hackers, accused of stealing secrets from u.s. companies and government sites. union workers are rallying, urging congress to avoid the looming budget cuts. yesterday, president obama brought cops and firefighters to the white house to warn emergency workers they'll be the first to go if those cuts take
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effect. the deadline is less than ten days away. and so far, there's no face-to-face talks. but the president is reaching across the aisle on immigration reform. last night, president obama called the three, key gop players on the issue in the senate. john mccain, lindsey graham and marco rubio. details of a white house backup plan on immigration were leaked over the weekend. general john allen who was nominated to be nato supreme ally commander, and got caught up in the petraeus scandal, has announced his retirement. his concern is for the health of his wife, kathy. she has stood beside him for more than 35 years, allowing him to serve his country. also, former congressman, jesse jackson jr. and his wife are due in court today. expected to plead guilty to federal charges. jackson is accused of spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including a $40,000 gold rolex. his wife, former chicago lawmaker, sandy jackson, is charged with filing false tax returns.
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as pope benedict prepares to step down, the buzz is growing about the unlikely possibility that an american could be next in line. the spotlight is on cardinal sean o'malley of boston. he's known for simply wearing a brown robe and scandals. he inherited an archdiocese badly tainted by the church scandal. with that, we take a look at your wednesday weather across the country. dallas, houston, oklahoma city could see some showers. we'll have some rain in the pacific northwest. snowfall for denver, starting around dinner time. california dries out after yesterday's storm. it will be pretty quiet here on the east coast. >> and it's another day of bone-chilling cold in the upper midwest. minneapolis will struggle to get above ten degrees. new york, boston and baltimore are in the upper 30s. phoenix is in the mid-50s, when the normal high is usually 60. miami, as usual, the shot spot, around 80 degrees. and coming up, we'll have a
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live report, as we welcome our friend robin roberts back to "gma," just a few hours from now. plus, business news. how did hackers take a big, old bite right out of apple? and think your morning latte is pretty pricey? we'll show you the most expensive starbucks drink, ever.
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and welcome back. gas prices are now rising at the fastest pace in nearly a decade. prices are up almost half a dollar per gallon in the last month, at a time of the year when they're usually low.
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gas already tops $5 a gallon in some cities. many analysts predict it will break records this year. others expect drivers to begin reducing their consumption if prices go too much higher. all of those merger and acquisition deals are lifting wall street, to new height, as well. the dow jones industrial average is opening this morning almost 36 points above 14,000. that's the highest in more than five years. and get this, good news doesn't stop there. it's only 130 points away from the all-time high set back in october of '07. and google stock is also riding pretty high. it broke $800 yesterday for the first time, closing at almost $807 a share. that puts it just behind apple and exxon mobil in net worth. wow. google dominates internet search, is a major force in web advertising and is also becoming a factor in technology, as well. good times at google. >> that's for sure. apple is the latest company to admit it's been hacked. some employees' mac computers were infected by the same malware that hit twitter and
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facebook. the mess method the hackers used was the same, as well, exploiting a flaw in jobs' software. apple says no customer data was compromised. and it has cleaned up that infection. and if you think your morning starbucks is pretty expensive, a fan in washington state is claiming the record for the most expensive starbucks drink ever. something that he's calling the quadriginoctuple frap. >> there you go. >> this thing includes 48 shots, plus add-ons. banana, protein powder and whipped cream. he paid $47.30. that is more than twice the previous record. >> got to have the whipped cream. >> 50 buck cup of coffee. come on, folks. come on. coming up next on this wednesday morning, a bizarre investigation is under way. did an oklahoma man spontaneously combust? >> had the coffee, i guess. plus, a big concern for
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anyone who uses hand sanitizer. it's suspected of igniting, causing a young girl's pretty severe burns. and on the lighter side, tiger woods is revealing more about that secret round of golf he had with the president. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] nothing gets you going quite like the power of quaker. today is going to be epic. quaker up. the battle of bataan, 1942. [ all ] fort benning, georgia, in 1999.
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and it's the icy roads that are to blame for a multicar pileup north of milwaukee. 26 vehicles were involved in several crashes along a busy highway. more than one. the road was closed for a number of hours while tow trucks moved in and had to clear up all those cars. >> let's all wake up in april, shall we? get past this winter. as for today's road conditions, showers could make things slippery around dallas and houston. the afternoon commute in denver could be a little snowy. also, rainy around seattle and portland. >> if you're flying anywhere, expect airport delays in these cities.
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phoenix, denver and dallas. and a few fascinating stories right now. both involving fire. first, from portland, oregon, where a young girl is recovering from severe burns. >> the parents of 11-year-old ireland lane believe she was burned when an alcohol-based hand sanitizer was ignited by a spark of static electricity. they say the spark was generated by their daughter playing with her bedsheets in her hospital room. little ireland suffered third-degree burns over 18% of her little body. and her second skin graft is tomorrow. >> we all use that stuff these days. that's a lesson learned from that story. that's so scary. and from oklahoma, police are investigating the burning death of a 65-year-old man. the sheriff says it may be a case of human combustion. but he says it was not spontaneous. danny vanzandt died in his kitchen. he was known to drink and smoke pretty heavily. and that has police saying there
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must have been an ignition source for the fire that killed him. and chilling, new details this morning about that foiled plot to kidnap and kill singer justin bieber. reports surfaced in december, alleging that a convicted killer and rapist hired two men to murder and castrate the 18-year-old pop star. but for the first time, we're now hearing recordings of a phone call made from a prison in new mexico. authorities say it is the voice of 45-year-old dana martin, telling one of the hitmen he had hired, how to strangle bieber and his bodyguard with a scarf. >> tie it really, really tight. knot it in the front once. really tight. that cuts off the oxygen. and tie it in the back again, really tight. that seals the deal. >> police say martin was obsessed with bieber. and he was angry when bieber didn't write back to him. best-selling crime writer patricia cornwell has won more than $50 million in a lawsuit against her former financial managers.
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cornwell claimed they were so negligent with her money that she was worth only 13 million bucks at one point, despite years of making eight figures. the defense tried to argue that cornwell's lavish lifestyle, including ferraris and her $40,000-a-month apartment were to blame. wow. and today is deadline day for lance armstrong to testify under oath to u.s. anti-doping agents. if he does not come clean about his illegal drug use, he may never see his lifetime ban from sports reduced. since the deadline for his testimony was extended two weeks ago, armstrong has not said a single word to investigators. tiger woods says president obama hit the ball well when the two played golf together in florida over the weekend. woods talked about the outing while getting ready for a tournament in arizona. it's the first time he talked about it. >> the world's number two-ranked golfer complimented the president for his, quote, amazing touch while chipping and putting.
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and he even joked about how the whole thing came about. >> he calls up and says, hey, tiger, you want to play? okay. obviously, there's a process that's involved. and i was invited to play. >> woods also called the president, pretty cool. wonder what those two men talked about, though. >> yeah. well, when the president calls and says, you want to play some golf, i think you say yes. >> and stay away from michelle. >> don't even look at her. coming up next, it was a special day. and it is a special day here at abc news. our dear friend, robin roberts, is making her return to the anchor desk. >> such a good feeling. and we're going to go live to times square next to see exactly what's in store for robin this morning. so, don't go far. s overflowing . to test it, we brought in the scott family. so what do you smell? beach house and you're looking out over the ocean. some place like, uh, hawaii in like a flower field.
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jaybird street ♪ ♪ love to hear the robin go tweet, tweet, tweet ♪ ♪ rockin' robin rockin' robin ♪ ♪ go, rockin' robin you know what that song is about this morning. it is a big day. topping "the pulse," the story everyone's talking about from our house to your house. >> we're delighted to welcome back robin roberts to the air. a comeback we've been waiting for for months. it's happening in a couple of hours at the crossroads of the world. >> marci gonzalez is already there in the heart of things, in times square. and she has the story for us. good morning, marci. >> reporter: good morning, rob and diana. just a few hours away. robin's been preparing by setting her alarm for 3:45 in the morning. she's been doing run-throughs here on the set. all getting ready for her big return. >> i'm coming home. >> reporter: homecoming day for robin roberts. >> the moment we've been waiting for. >> reporter: a long-awaited moment since the "good morning
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america" anchor shared her diagnosis on-air in june. >> it is something that is called mds, myelodysplastic syndrome. if you're going what? i was doing the same thing. it's a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow. >> reporter: robin took medical leave, stepping away from the times square studio in august, to undergo a bone marrow transplant. >> my big sister is a virtually perfect match. and she is going to be my donor. >> deep breaths for me. >> reporter: bravely battling the disease doctors say was likely brought on by chemotherapy she under went for breast cancer in 2007. >> i have no regrets. no regrets whatsoever. that treatment saved my life. >> reporter: living always with no regrets, encouraging thousands to register as bone marrow donors. spreading her message. >> my mom always said, make your mess your message. >> reporter: and inspiring so
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many, including her "gma" family. >> i think she taught us all not to live in fear. she dealt with the ultimate fear. and dealt with it with such grace. and such remarkable strength. the strongest person i know. >> reporter: a strong, healthy robin roberts, back in the anchor chair, back where she belongs. >> but i know when i sit back down, right in this chair, and i look over. i see you. i see you. i see you. and i see you. it's going to be, all is right in the world. >> reporter: and robin will eventually work her way back up to being on the air five days a week. live in times square, marci gonzalez. rob and diana, back to you. >> marci, thank you for that. in just a couple hours, we can't wait to see. there's going to be people flooding the area behind you. you're lucky to be there now. it will be a mob scene. >> reporter: absolutely. >> enjoy the morning. thanks, marci. we already heard from robin this morning. >> that's right.
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the wonderful robin tweeted just a few minutes ago. truly is the dawn of a new day. and it is. can't wait to get started. >> after everything she's been through, it's going to feel so good to get back to her normal routine and in the chair and live her life again. i think that's going to be the greatest reward. it's going to be a big day for the show and everyone here at abc. >> absolutely. >> looking forward to it. some of you, now, local news, coming up. customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it? hello? hello?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello? ally bank. your money needs an ally. hi, i'm ensure clear... clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times more than me! [ female announcer ] ensure clear. nine grams protein. zero fat.
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>> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> 4:28. of course, this is the morning that robin roberts runs to "good morning america" and we are wall waiting for that. >> big change in the weather again. look at that. you can see it looks like fireflies the lights on the bay bridge. it is clear enough to see that. we will check with meteorologist, mike nicco. >> no need to worry about umbrella or slick streets. it is quiet on live doppler 7 hd.
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we will talk about the temperatures. we are freezing cold in santa rosa and nap and 31 and 30 there and 34 in concord and 34 in livermore with frost likely. 41 in oakland and san carlos. in the afternoon, sunny with temperatures topping out at 54 to 60. this evening we cool quickly in the low-to-mid 40's. sue? >> the golden gate bridge has road work on the northern portion of the span coming off the waldo grade and you are down to one lane in the pickup process. in los altos hills an accident southbound 280 blocking the left lane. crews are there trying to get that out. snow and ice on mount hamilton so mount hamilton road is closed to the observatory. >> san francisco intersection is flooded and neighbors are waking up without power or, rather,
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water, as they contain a water main break. amy hollyfield is live on the scene. >> it is a mess. although it is early i have commute information. look at this intersection. guess what is under that? the cable car line. it is early but officials decided to cancel the cable cars through this area for the morning commute and run a bus shuttle around it. they are not sure how long it will take to get this cleared or what kind of damage has been done so they will make the call early. they are being decisive. if you take the line, there will be a bus shuttle around this area. as far as the water issue goes, officials with the water department are still assessing exactly what they are dealing with and what the fix will be. they say right now they know a water main underground broke and they don't know how many or
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exactly where or how big the main is. these are all questions they are trying to get answers. as the water flooded the street, residents knew something was wrong right away. >> i wanted to brush my teeth but there was no water. i could only hear bubbles. i walk down the street and see this pest. it is amazing. >> i asked an employee with the water department how many people are without water and she said she wasn't aware, she doesn't know if any water has been turned off yet. she suspects water will be turned off while they do the fix. decisionmakers with the water department are just now arriving and they are collaborating in the street walking up-and-down trying to figure out what the solution is going to be, preparing and dealing with the situation. they will bring

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